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Stories by Julie Hecht

Oh the cuteness. Why do dogs sneeze?

A picture of a dog mid-sneeze is delightful. Twenty-seven dogs caught mid-sneeze is icing on the cake. It is impossible not to smile as you scroll through these dogs, squinting and contorting just like we do...

October 31, 2014 — Julie Hecht

Do Our Bonds With Animals Survive Death?

Grover Krantz was onto something when he had his remains donated to science. A professor of anthropology, he didn't see why death should interrupt his life-long teaching.

October 17, 2014 — Julie Hecht

How a Dog Aced the Verbal Section of the Canine SAT

Chaser, a Border Collie from South Carolina, knows the names of over 1,000 different objects. Does anyone find themselves looking at their tail-wagging friend and wondering, "Well, what do you know?" When it comes to whether dogs can understand words, Chaser—the subject of not one, but two scientific publications—can attest that the answer is: Yes...

September 30, 2014 — Julie Hecht

Do Dogs Respond to Videotaped Commands?

This question was not proposed by a mad scientist bent on world doggie domination. The idea to see whether dogs follow life-sized videos is actually entirely sensible.

September 29, 2014 — Julie Hecht

Put Your Nose First: Smellwalks for You and Your Dog

There was no way I was going to miss something called a `Smellwalk.' A social dilettante at heart, I revel in time spent in the mind of others — especially those who add an entirely different color to the palate of my worldview...

September 12, 2014 — Julie Hecht

What's a Dog For?

A few years back, John Homans, former executive editor of New York magazine, published What's a Dog For? — an intimate reflection on his beloved family dog, Stella, as well as a snapshot into the flourishing field of canine science...

August 31, 2014 — Julie Hecht

The Dog Killer in Your Pocket

Your pocket can hold many potentially lethal items, so let me be more specific: `What's the Dog Killer in Your Pocket That You Wish No Longer Existed?' Can you guess?

August 29, 2014 — Julie Hecht

Do You Know a Fat Dog When You See One?

We've all met dogs with a small head and large body who bear a striking resemblance to the people with shrunken heads from the movie Beetlejuice.

August 26, 2014 — Julie Hecht

Don't Judge a Dog By Its Coat

Pulp Fiction gangster Jules Winnfield is right. "A dog's got personality, and personality goes a long way.” Cross-species animal behavior studies confirm Winnfield's statement (although he's wrong about pigs: pigs have personality, too)...

July 22, 2014 — Julie Hecht

Canine Science: A Trend You Can Easily Get Behind

Most trends I can't get behind. Hammer pants should have stayed in the 1980s and 1990s and far away from 2014 (there, I said it). Sure, I love a good flash mob, but the more of 'em you do, the older they get...

July 21, 2014 — Julie Hecht

Fear and Anxiety May Shorten Dogs' Lifespan

For some, it happens in the bathroom. For others, it's the living room. All across America, as fireworks go off on July 4th, many dogs experience varying degrees of fear and stress.

July 4, 2014 — Julie Hecht

Dog-Eared Reading (June 2014)

I had one of those `woe is me' moments in September 2013, lamenting that on top of my personal dog-related To-Do lists there is so much dog-related reading to take in each month–much of it covering canine science research...

June 30, 2014 — Julie Hecht

Canine Science Summer Camp

I always loved summer camp — the forced rituals and the chaos and buzz of lots of people doing similar activities. Even though the age of summer camp is far behind me, I still find myself thrown into grown-up versions of “summer camp.” Earlier this year, I joined up with Academia Film Olomouc (Twitter, Facebook) [...]..

June 29, 2014 — Julie Hecht

Is Dog Training Scientific?

Dog owners seem pleased when they meet me because they can talk about their dog with someone who is truly interested. Sometimes they share intricate descriptions about something interesting that their dog does (often followed with the question, "Why does she do that?"), and other times, owners have a question like, "How do I get [...]..

June 22, 2014 — Julie Hecht
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